Tiger Tribune

White Plains High School Principal's Newsletter

September 2022

From the Principal

Dear Tiger Families,


Welcome back! I hope that the first week of school was one filled with excitement and hope for a great 2022-2023 school year! Our Tigers on the fields and courts have begun their competitions and pushing themselves to be the very best they can be. We welcome our newest Tiger parents to WPHS and encourage them to be actively involved in their child's high school career! We pride ourselves in being a school community that is welcoming and committed to every student obtaining success while here in the classroom, stage, canvas, field, court, or any other activity they wish to pursue.


On Monday, September 12th, our Tigers will have an opportunity to participate in an all school virtual assembly to discuss student expectations and what it means to be a part of our WPHS community. This year's theme is, "Finding Value in Each Other." Our focus is to understand that while we all come with different experiences, our "golden rule" of KINDNESS encompasses everything we do and expect here at White Plains High School. Please join us in reinforcing this at home.


We are appreciative of your continued support and partnership, as we aspire to unlock the infinite and unique potential of each student, every day.




Respectfully,


Emerly A. Martinez

Principal

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Student Drop Off Information

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Please note that there is no student pick-up in the Athletics/PE Circle during afternoon dismissal. This circle is used for Buses ONLY and is closed to vehicular traffic. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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Please note that the OPEN HOUSE correct date is THURSDAY 9/15/22 not Friday 9/16/22!


Be sure to obtain your child's schedule by accessing the Portal.

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Congrats to our Tigers on their College Board’s National Recognition!


Congratulations to our Tigers, who are among the 62,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs! These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups through College Board’s Student Search Service.

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Adam Torres: NHRA

Alexander Salonich: NHRA

Andrea Munoz: NHRA

Brandon Reyes: NHRA

Brian Mulvey: NAARA

Christian Matute: NHRA

Gabriel Korin: NHRA

Imani Kegode: NAARA

Jack Cannone: NHRA

Jason Nieto: NHRA

Leila Andrade: NHRA

Lionel Reyes: NHRA

Lucas Antenucci: NHRA

Miguel Huerta: NHRA

Nathan Dasilva: NAARA

Priya Kumar: NHRA

Sergio Collana: NHRA

Sinclair Harris: NAARA

Victoria Brice: NAARA



National African American Recognition Award = NAARA

National Hispanic Recognition Award = NHRA

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Stanton Selected for NYSSMA!

Congratulations to Patrick Stanton on being selected for the distinguished honor of participating in the NYSSMA All-State Symphonic Band. Patrick will showcase his Bb Clarinet talent in Rochester in December!

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Our House Structure!

WPHS's three-house structure helps us create smaller learning communities and allows us to provide increased social-emotional support to our Tigers.

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ATTENDANCE MATTERS!

WE NEED OUR TIGERS IN SCHOOL EVERYDAY!


There are 182 days of school and if your child is not in school just 2 days a month, they are chronically absent! 10% or 18 days a year leads to learning gaps, which could lead to increase anxiousness and decrease in performance.

Parents are discouraged from taking extended vacations during the school year which lead to unnecessary absences that put students behind.

5 Facts About School Attendance
Attendance Everyday Spanish

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NEW BELL SCHEDULE 2022-2023

Period 1: 7:40am - 8:21am

Period 2: 8:26am - 9:07am

Period 3: 9:12am - 9:53am

Period 4: 9:58am - 10:39am

Period 5: 10:44am - 11:25am (lunch)

Period 6: 11:30am - 12:11pm (lunch)

Period 7: 12:16pm - 12:57pm (lunch)

Period 8: 1:02pm - 1:43pm

Period 9: 1:48pm - 2:29pm

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Transportation Information

Please click the link below for important bus information from our transportation department.

https://www.whiteplainspublicschools.org/Page/22750

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2022 Schedule Change Policy:

Starting this school year we will be implementing a new schedule change policy. The policy is outlined below:



  • Lateral changes (changing periods or teachers but remaining in the same course) are not permitted.


  • Students who are in Honors or AP courses, especially if this is their first experience with courses at this level, are encouraged to remain for a minimum of five weeks so that they can get used to the difference in depth and pacing before deciding to leave the course.


  • Schedule changes that involve adding a new course or changing from a Regents level to an Honors or AP level course must be done prior to the fifth week of a full year course, or the third week of a one-semester course.


  • Schedule changes that involve moving from an AP or Honors to a Regents level course need to be completed within 5 days of the progress reports during 2nd quarter. When entering a new course, the student may be responsible for completing assignments in the new course.


  • A student who drops a course outright (does so without changing levels) may do so up until the halfway point in the course without any notation being made on the student’s transcript. Any course dropped after that will appear on the student’s transcript with a “W”.


  • Schedule changes of any kind should be made only after a thorough discussion with the student’s current teacher and his/her school counselor.


  • Please note that there are times when schedule changes are prohibited. No classes may be changed during the first or final week of any quarter.

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EARLY DISMISSAL AND JR & SR PRIVILEGE FORMS

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Changes to Grading

In an effort to provide our Tigers with the best possible opportunities for success, some proposed changes will be implemented in the 2022-2023.

  • Courses requiring a NYS Regents examination will no longer use regents score as a final exam grade. (NYSED doe snot recommend using regents exams in grade calculation)
  • All courses will follow a more aligned final course grade calculation distribution.
  • Transcripts will no longer show Regents scores.

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WPHS Guidance Nights

We are excited to have our guidance nights all in person again! Please click here for a description of each night:


https://www.whiteplainspublicschools.org/Page/20801


Each night is presented in English and Spanish.


We look forward to seeing you there!

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Get Involved!

Students are strongly encouraged to get involved in activities, organizations, and athletics while a member of the WPHS Community!

Any questions regarding Clubs and Activities can be directed to Ms. Justine Shewbarran, North House Administrator.

Any questions regarding athletic participation can be directed to Mr. Matt Cameron, Athletics Director.


Our first Activity Period is scheduled for Thursday, September 29th! Students will have an opportunity to participate in our Activities Fair and learn about the amazing 60 plus clubs available to our Tigers!


Student Activities Page

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WPHS PTA Corner

Parents be sure to join the PTA!

The PTA provides support to our school community in a variety of ways, such as grants, staff appreciation, and scholarships!


Follow this link for membership information.

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Useful Links

White Plains HS

White Plains High School, located on a beautiful 75-acre campus, offers almost 400 courses to ninth through twelfth graders. The district takes great pride in the school's rich diversity, unique breadth of educational opportunity, impressive facilities and highly qualified staff.


From Advanced Placement courses in all major subjects to participation in the Advanced College Experience (ACE) Program at Westchester Community College, the quality of the school's programs is reflected each year in the honors and awards achieved by individual students, teams and clubs. Extracurricular programs include more than 50 clubs, the literary publication The Roar, and performing arts groups. In addition, the school competitively fields over 45 New York State Section I athletic teams. The school was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a School of Excellence in l986-87.